Amari has always been on the periphery of midwifery. She grew up with a close family friend who was the midwife that delivered many of Amari’s younger siblings at home. Here in Portland, Amari found Birthingway around the same time she realized several of her friends had done doula work, one who received her training from Birthingway. In her spare time, Amari enjoys being a circus performer and tending to her small farm. At work, she enjoys being the bearer of small print and endless forms as our Administrative Programs Coordinator/Financial Aid Officer.
Ask Amari about: our accreditation, degree approval, our educational statistics (including retention), and institutional policies. Amari can also help with your financial aid questions.
Brittany has been immersed in midwifery since 1999 when she moved to Oregon and began living with Holly. Waking up to your mom gone at a birth is nothing new to her and joining the Birthingway community was a logical fit. She started working at Birthingway in 2007 and has held a number of positions over the years. Currently, Brittany is the Staff Transition Specialist and is taking on a variety of tasks and projects that staff need help with. Her love for Birthingway comes from valuing our multi-vocal process, as well as the biodynamic model, but also just having a genuine passion and appreciation for the amazing work our students end up doing in the world. At the moment she is pursuing a masters degree in criminal justice and is set to graduate in the summer of 2017. When she’s not overwhelmed with homework you can find her working out with her much loved Canby crossfit community, taking on some random art project, or hiking and camping the great outdoors of Oregon.
Ask Brittany about: anything really. She’s worked at Birthingway long enough that if she doesn’t know the answer to your question, she’ll know who to direct you to.
Claire became interested in midwifery while working on her B.A. in Anthropology at Willamette University. She conducted extensive fieldwork within the midwifery community as an undergraduate and jumped at the chance to join Birthingway’s community after spending a couple years as an account manager at a software company. At Birthingway, she helps make sure Holly eats between meetings and endeavors to free up Holly’s task list so she can spend more time supporting staff and students. This includes supporting the board, assisting with budget prep, and keeping Holly’s plants alive. When not at work, Claire enjoys exploring Portland with her partner and four wonderful housemates, hiking, and singing whenever the opportunity arises (in the shower, in community choirs, and at the occasional karaoke night).
Ask Claire about: getting involved with the board, anything budget or human resources related.
Corey is the Birthingway Technology Coordinator and all around nerd. His mother was in the first class of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners licensed in the state of California, so he grew up looking through the glass at all the newborns at the local hospital. He has a BS in Geography from U. C. Berkeley and an MEd from the University of Oregon. Corey spends his free time with his wife, two sons and two dogs.
Ask Corey about: classroom technology needs, your computer, Google Apps, Star Trek, Star Wars, Legos or the Marvel Universe.
Drake graduated with a B.A. in Social Sciences and a minor in Civic Leadership from Portland State University in Spring of 2014. Her experiences have taken her all over the place, from studying philosophy in India to working with biodynamic agriculture in Peru. With a passion for creating healthy communities, Drake has specialized in outdoor education/conservation, leadership development, service-learning and mindfulness practices. Her free time is spent adventuring with her partner and puppy, creating dreaminess through polymer clay, DIY projects out of recycled materials, indoor/outdoor gardening, tending to a flock of chickens and even some occasional fire dancing.
Ask Drake about: sustainability, facilities and building maintenance, where something is or when something might be happening on campus.
Elaura is a proud alumna of Smith College in Northampton, MA where she earned a B.A. in American Studies with a focus on Museum Studies and Communications. In the fall of 2016, she relocated to Portland from Chicago, where she worked in nonprofit communications and fundraising in the education sector. She is incredibly happy to be a part of a talented team as they work to support education and health as only Birthingway can. Outside of her work and volunteering, Elaura enjoys travelling, live music, and meeting people in her new home city.
Ask Elaura about: supporting women’s health and education through donations (of time or other resources), press inquiries, admissions, events, and the latest Birthingway news.
Elizabeth completed her B.A. in Social Science from Portland State University in Spring 2014 and has a corporate finance background. Elizabeth’s goal upon returning to the workforce was to in some way help mothers and children. Here at Birthingway, she gets to be a part of a team that produces world class Midwives, Lactation Consultants, Labor and Postpartum Doulas, and Childbirth Educators. It’s a dream come true. When not at Birthingway, you can find Elizabeth running around after/with her children, doing something geeky with her husband, walking the dog, or being smothered by the cat. But, alas she does not have chickens.
Ask Elizabeth about: your student account, making payments, tandem nursing, Star Wars, or her amazing movie themed wedding.
Holly is a midwife with a tiny practice, as well as an anthropologist specializing in human reproduction and medical anthropology. She is the founder and president of Birthingway College of Midwifery, and can be called on from time-to-time to offer inspirational speeches.
Ask Holly about: anything, especially about Birthingway history and culture, budget-related issues, employee compliments or concerns.
Natalie is Birthingway’s fabulous Faculty Coordinator. Before moving to Portland, she lived in New York where she worked with environmental non-profits and then spent two years in Morocco serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Between gardening at home or at the Mount Tabor Community Garden, she always seems to find an excuse to play in the dirt. Natalie believes that Birthingway has made an effort to create an organization that embodies its core values in everything it does. In her opinion, if you believe that the best way to change the world is to start with yourself, then Birthingway is a great place to spend your time!
Ask Natalie about: copyright clearance, classroom faculty, lactation or midwifery clinical training faculty, course and faculty evaluation and joining our faculty.
Nichole has worked in various roles at Birthingway for 14 years and is a graduate of our Midwifery Program. Currently her main job is as the Academic Coordinator, although much of her time is spent in political activities such as attending innumerable meetings for the various Boards (Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care, Midwifery Education Accreditation Council) on which she sits. Politics, it turns out, is mostly about meetings. She also teaches a number of courses at Birthingway. In her long tenure at Birthingway, she is most proud of the work she did for the development of the Lactation Program. Nichole is the annoyingly proud mother of two amazing girls who have grown up in and around Birthingway. She loves the Beatles, chocolate, motherhood, cooking and gardening, and now she knits too (but not well). She believes deeply in Birthingway’s mission, and although she is not currently serving as a primary midwife, she is grateful for the daily opportunities to serve as intellectual midwife to midwives and lactation consultants.
Ask Nichole about: Birthingway history and curriculum.
Raeben has been practicing as a doula for 13 years and has been working at Birthingway as the Specialized Programs Coordinator since August of 2013. She is also very passionate about placentas and was one of the very first placenta encapsulation service providers in the Portland area. Her work at Birthingway involves mentoring doulas, juggling multiple programs and working with the State of Oregon to promote greater access to doulas. In her free time she loves to garden, wildcraft herbal remedies, read, share meals with great friends, listen to loads of really good music and spend time with her wonderful husband and two really interesting, funny kids.
Ask Raeben about: becoming a Labor Doula or Postpartum Doula, becoming a Childbirth Educator, Legend Drugs and Devices and also what you should be growing in your garden
Rhonda practiced midwifery for over 30 years, before she settled into her retirement as our fabulous Midwifery Program Coordinator. When she’s not midwifing future midwives, you can find her globetrotting with her fabulous hubby, visiting her two daughters on the east coast, or hosting dinner parties for yet another house guest!
Sadie is passionate about the respect for human rights inherent in midwifery practice. A native of Northern California, she’s now very happy to call Portland home. While not working, she likes to spend her time knitting, learning new things, and hanging out with her pets.
Ask Sadie about: registration, ordering a transcript, withdrawing from a class or a program, course packs, lab supplies, and textbooks.
Sarah found her purpose when her first baby was a week old and she stumbled into a local breastfeeding support group. She discovered her own path to motherhood in the collective wisdom and comfort of the women she met there. Several years later and with both her children in school, Sarah was ready to return to work, but found her passion for marketing had been replaced with a drive to support parents and their babies. Sarah graduated from Birthingway’s Lactation program and became an IBCLC in 2014. Since then, Sarah has provided excellent, Biodynamic lactation support to families in our community in her private practice, Miracle of Nurture. Sarah’s education and experience prior to her lactation career includes a background in business administration and marketing communications in the tech industry. In her non-work life, Sarah enjoys reading, quilting, playing board games, and hikes and camping with her family.
Stace is seasoned in the world of financial aid, having 16 years previous experience and having been Director of Financial Aid for 13 of those years. She and her husband owned an antique store on Hawthorne Blvd for 11 years called Shadowhouse Collectibles, the coolest store in Portland at the time! She has also sold thousands of items on eBay over the past 15 years. When she is not working at one of her many jobs she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, family and friends.
Ask Stace about: financial aid.
Some staff are shy!
Ask Daina about: the library.
Ask Tina about: the library.
Ask Laurie about: becoming a midwifery preceptor.
Ask Nina about: Business Coordination.